Buffalo Niagara Partnership Appoints Vice President of Government Affairs
Grant Loomis will lead Partnership advocacy efforts
Buffalo, N.Y. – Today, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership has named Grant Loomis as its vice president of government affairs. He will assume the duties effective Jan. 12, 2015.
In his new role, Loomis will be responsible for spearheading the Partnership’s local, state and federal advocacy and government relations efforts by implementing the agenda set by the Board of Directors. He will manage and advise on political action, including endorsements, election and distribution of Political Action Committee (PAC) funds. Loomis will also be responsible for facilitating individual members’ advocacy requests.
“We are thrilled to have Grant join our team to lead the Partnership’s advocacy efforts. His leadership qualities, extensive experience in government affairs, and passion for the Western New York region will serve our organization well,” said Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, president & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. “I’m confident that Grant will be valuable in helping us shape a stronger, better Buffalo Niagara.”
For the past several years, Loomis has worked in a variety of senior staff positions for elected officials at the local, state and federal level. Loomis currently serves as deputy chief of staff to U.S. Representative Chris Collins, where he leads the Congressman’s local policy initiatives related to small business, energy and telecommunications. Loomis has worked in Congressman Collins’ office since 2007 when Collins served as Erie County Executive.
“Finding good people is not easy, and Grant Loomis is one of the best I’ve ever had the honor of working with. His sage advice, political insight and communication skills have been instrumental to the good work we’ve done in Congress on behalf of the people of the 27th district and during my time as Erie County Executive.
I am sad to see Grant leave, but incredibly proud of him and excited about his wonderful opportunity to work for an organization as critical to our region’s rebranding and growth as the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. Grant is a good friend, and I wish him and the Partnership nothing but success as they continue their incredibly successful efforts on behalf of the people of Western New York,” said Congressman Chris Collins.
Loomis has twice been recognized by the Associated Press as a recipient of New York State Associated Press Association awards. He has used his experience in government relations and communications to serve as a panelist on matters of disciplined messaging and crisis communication. Loomis is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he earned a dual bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and political science.
ABOUT THE BUFFALO NIAGARA PARTNERSHIP
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is the area’s regional chamber of commerce and privately-funded economic development organization. Partnership members employ more than a quarter of a million people in the Buffalo Niagara region. By mobilizing members and strategic partners around common goals, the Partnership grows private investment and jobs in Buffalo Niagara through advocacy, business development, and convening.